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Posted on 01/07/2004 8:18:04 PM PST by Remember_Salamis
Contact Tom Tancredo (R-Co), Chirman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC). He's one of the few elected republicans with his head on straight. Here's their platform:
Rep. Tom Tancredos Four-Point Plan for Immigration Control
The United States has lost control over its immigration policy. Over one million persons enter our nation illegally each year and we have antiquated and error-prone systems for knowing who our legal visitors are and for enforcing their visa time limits. Every poll shows that over 75% of citizens support border security and strict enforcement of our immigration laws. They want our immigration policies fixed. Here is my four-point plan for achieving control of our borders and enforcing sensible immigration policies.
1. Secure our Nations Borders
Increase Border Patrol manpower from the present 11,500 to 20,000 (HR 3534). Use the U.S. Military until the Border Patrol reaches that manpower level (HR 277). Accelerate the use of new technology and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to identify and help apprehend smugglers and trespassers. Double the capacity of the detention centers for apprehended trespassers. End the catch and release policy by instituting fines and jail time for repeat offenders. Require stiff prison sentences for convicted coyotes and felons who return to the U.S. after deportation. Accelerate the implementation of the USVISIT biometric identifier program for all foreign nationals entering the country through our ports of entry. 2. Establish a Genuine Guest Worker Program
Enact a genuine Guest Worker Bill (HR 3534) to allow any foreign national to enter the US legally to work for up to one year in a job that cannot be filled by a citizen. Require employers to advertise all jobs on an internet bulletin board and for two weeks before hiring a Guest Worker. Require illegal aliens already in the U.S. to first return home and apply for jobs through the legal processes. 3. Improve Interior Enforcement of Immigration Laws
Provide adequate resources to the Detention and Removal branch of the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement (BICE) to allow apprehension and removal of all criminal aliens. Enact the CLEAR Act (HR 2671) to give local law enforcement incentives and reimbursements for participating in immigration law enforcement. Establish stiff fines and tax penalties for employers who violate the law by hiring illegal aliens, and devote adequate resources to identify and prosecute those employers. 4. Remove Incentives for Illegal Immigration
Employers who hire illegal aliens should face stiff fines and tax penalties (see#2 above). Federal and State agencies should be prohibited from recognizing the Mexican Governments Matricula Consular ID card. States that grant drivers licenses to illegal aliens should suffer loss of federal highway funds. Children born to illegal aliens should not be given citizenship status (HR 1567). Federal court rulings and other policies that require health and educational services to illegal aliens should be overturned. Amend Social Security Act to deny credits for wages earned in illegal employment or to self-employed engaged in illegal activities (HR 1631). Insist that the Government of Mexico extradite felony criminals who retreat into Mexico. Encourage the Government of Mexico to repeal its Dual Citizenship law.
Here's the other members of the caucus. What's funny is that there' only two democrats in the caucus and one of them's becoming a republican (Hall from Tx): Todd Akin (R-MO) Robert Aderholt (R-AL) Spencer Bachus (R-AL) J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) Richard Baker (R-LA) Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) Joe Barton (R-TX) Michael Bilirakis (R-FL) John Boozman (R-AR) Allen Boyd (D-FL) Henry Brown (R-SC) Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) Michael Burgess (R-TX) Dan Burton (R-IN) Eric Cantor (R-VA) John Carter (R-TX) Mac Collins (R-GA) Barbara Cubin (R-WY) John Culberson (R-TX) JoAnn Davis (R-VA) Nathan Deal (R-GA) John Doolittle (R-CA) Jim Duncan (R-TN) J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) Phil Gingrey (R-GA) Virgil Goode (R-VA) Sam Graves (R-MO) Jim Greenwood (R-PA) Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) Ralph Hall (D-TX) Joel Hefley (R-CO) Wally Herger (R-CA) Henry Hyde (R-IL) Robin Hayes (R-NC) J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Ernest Istook (R-OK) Chris John (D-LA) Sam Johnson (R-TX) Walter Jones (R-NC) Steve King (R-IA) Donald Manzullo (R-IL) Gary Miller (R-CA) Jeff Miller (R-FL) Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO) Charlie Norwood (R-GA) Butch Otter (R-ID) Mike Pence (R-IN) Chip Pickering (R-MS) Jim Ramstad (R-MN) Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Ed Royce (R-CA) Edward Schrock (R-VA) Pete Sessions (R-TX) John Shadegg (R-AZ) Michael Simpson (R-ID) Lamar Smith (R-TX) Nick Smith (R-MI) Cliff Stearns (R-FL) John Sullivan (R-OK) Tom Tancredo (R-CO) Patrick Tiberi (R-OH) Fred Upton (R-MI) David Vitter (R-LA) Zach Wamp (R-TN) Dave Weldon (R-FL) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
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I am a Republican that has voted a straight Republican ticket for years.. no longer. I am writing TOM TANCREDO in both the primary and the general election for president. You are the ONLY congressman that has the fortitude to tell the truth on immigration. God forgive George Bush.. for he certainly does not have mine.
Always remember, that you are fighting for your nation.
In spite of what our national leaders may or may not do, you can rest good at night knowing that your service to America is every bit as important as whoever sits in the oval office.
At least this next national election, military absentee votes will NOT be discarded as an after thought from a second-class citizen.
You are top-notch, first-rate, and have every right to be proud of who you are and what you do.
Thanks for a job well done and keep up the good work.
As for Dubya, he has surprised and astonished more than not with the announcement of his new immigration reform initiatives.
Shock and awe comes to mind.
I can't beleive you perpetuate the lie that this is an "amnesty" plan. Well people also have bought the Brooklyn Bridge, so I am not surprised.
Here is a thread that is more balanced and actually has some good debate.
Huh, how does documenting people here endangers our national security?
If they didn't reveal their existence? That makes no sense --- and why would they play by the rules when our leaders periodically come up with amnesites/legalizations that make it smarter not to play by the rules?
And just how is Bush going to nail them against the wall if they won't officially reveal their existence? What can he do ---- send out agents to do door to door searches looking for the illegals who didn't sign up with his guest worker program?
Not if it has biometrics. But you are just a constant naysayer. You have no solutions. We have agreed that Mexico has to get it's own house in oreder, but you offer no solutions or have the patience it will take. You would rather just bitch and moan.